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Switzerland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Switzerland enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the OECD and a competitive mobile market served by a triopoly of international players. The country’s mountainous topography helped to establish a number of cable networks, though in recent years DSL has become the preferred means for accessing broadband and triple-play services. These platforms have been supplemented by a rapidly emerging fibre-optic sector, spearheaded by Swisscom and a number of regional utility companies.

Although not a member of the EU, the country’s economic integration has meant that its telecom market deregulation has followed the EU’s liberalisation framework, including the recent regulations on international voice roaming. This report presents a statistical profile of Switzerland’s fixed network in 2011. It assesses the regulatory environment, noting the status of local loop unbundling, legislated in early 2007, as well as the provision of broadband as a universal service. It also evaluates the strategies and performance of major service providers Swisscom, UPC and Sunrise, and looks ahead to market developments in coming years.

Key developments:

Regulator redefines wholesale access prices based on fibre not copper; Swisscom takes €973 million write-down on Italian subsidiary Fastweb; Swisscom takes over Telecom Liechtenstein; regulator’s 2011 market report; telcos’ operating and financial data to June 2012; market developments to late 2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Switzerland’s telecom market
3.2 Government ICT strategy
3.2.1 eGovernment
3.2.2 eEconomy
3.2.3 eHealth
3.2.4 Economic stimulus
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.2 Regulatory authorities
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Switzerland
4.4 Privatisation of Swisscom
4.5 Interconnect
4.6 Leased lines
4.7 Access
4.7.1 Bitstream access
4.8 Number portability
4.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.10 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
5. Fixed network operators in Switzerland
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Swisscom
5.2.1 Company reorganisation
5.3 Sunrise
5.4 UPC Cablecom
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
7. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Country statistics Switzerland – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2010
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2011
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Fixed telephony connections – 2000 - 2012
Table 9 – Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment – 2000 - 2012
Table 10 – Telecom revenue by sector – 1998 - 2012
Table 11 – Telecom investment by sector – 1998 - 2012
Table 12 – eCommerce spending by type – 2005- 2009
Table 13 – Interconnection revenue – 2000 - 2010
Table 14 – Unbundled lines – 2008 - 2012
Table 15 – CPS as proportion of total lines – 1999 - 2010
Table 16 – CPS lines – 2002 - 2009
Table 17 – Share of fixed-line connections by operator – 2007 - 2010
Table 18 – Fixed-line revenue – 2000 - 2012
Table 19 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2000 - 2012
Table 20 – Swisscable telephony subscribers – 2003 - 2012
Table 21 – Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income – 2004 - 2012
Table 22 – Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector – 2007 - 2012
Table 23 – Swisscom subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2011
Table 24 – Sunrise financial data – 2006 - 2010
Table 25 – Sunrise revenue by type – 2006 - 2010
Table 26 – Sunrise revenue and annual change – 2009 - 2012
Table 27 –Sunrise subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2012
Table 28 – UPC financial data – 2007 - 2012
Table 29 – Fixed lines in service, teledensity and traffic in minutes – 1997; 1999 - 2012
Table 30 – ISDN subscribers – 1999 - 2010
Chart 1 – Fixed telephony connections – 2000 – 2012
Chart 2 – Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment – 2000 – 2012
Chart 3 – Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income – 2004 – 2012
Chart 4 – Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector – 2007 – 2012
Chart 5 – Sunrise revenue and annual change – 2009 – 2012
Chart 6 –Sunrise subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2012
Chart 7 – UPC financial data – 2007 – 2012
Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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